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Trends in school spending: 2002 to 2016

Analysis of schools’ spending between 2002 and 2016 academic years.


Trends in school spending: 2002 to 2016

Ref: DFE-00250-2018PDF, 910KB, 15 pages

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Data showing school spend trends per pupil:

  • in total
  • on teachers
  • on education staff
  • on exam fees
  • on education consultancy, supply staff and other spending categories

This note explains how we compiled a single time series of school spending data from August 2002 to July 2016.

We calculated spending on a per pupil basis. From 2012 onward, we combined the separate spending returns for local-authority-maintained schools and academies which have some differences.

Published 31 August 2018



  1. Section 251 outturn: 2014 to 2015 data
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  2. Section 251 outturn: 2013 to 2014 data
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  3. Section 251 budget workbooks: 2014 to 2015
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